BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It is that time of year again; a time we come together as a community and make Christmas morning special for children who otherwise might not have a Christmas at all. A time we all get to Hand it On.
"We deal with families that have to decide between whether they can pay the rent, whether they can pay the utility bill, whether they put food on the table for the family, or whether they're gonna have Christmas for their kids," Salvation Army's Captain Brett Meredith explains.
This is why the Salvation Army's Angel Tree project is so important each year.
"That is the actual child's first name," Captain Meredith shows us an actual Angel Tree gift request. "We don't put any last name to protect their identities. And then all their sizes are here, a gift wish and a child need."
Trees with names and gift suggestions will go up Friday, November 20 inside the Mall of Louisiana near Santa Claus, at several Walmart stores and all Capital One bank locations.
Holding up a new fishnet bag, Captain Meredith shows us how easy it is to organize our Angel Tree gifts. "We've added the bag this year because we had a lot of donors concerned that the child wouldn't receive all of the gifts."
It is actually quite rewarding to adopt an angel, and it is easy. Starting Friday, you can pick an angel's name from an area angel tree, shop for your angel, place your gift in the attached bag and return.
WAFB is helping kick off this year's campaign by donating our three-hundred Hand It On gift.
"We appreciate that so very much," said Captain Meredith, "because we're gonna be able to make a difference in a lot of children's lives. We'll be able to take care of five or six children with this."
But it's not about the toys or clothes or the bike. It is about giving children tremendous Christmas memories that will last their entire lives.